Emily Dickinson is known for her short, concise poetry. Because her poems are usually only a few stanzas in length, she chose every word and punctuation mark very carefully. She uses diction by choosing words that evoke strong emotions in the reader. She capitalizes the word "Nobody" each time it is written and separates the word from the rest of the poem both in the first and second lines. She uses an exclamation point in the first line and dashes in the second line to emphasize the word and show its separateness. She also separates the word "Somebody" in the same manner, drawing emphasis to the word. The reader can distinctly see the line between being "Somebody" and being "Nobody" because of their capitalization and punctuation.
Other words used in the poem that stand out to the reader are "dreary," "frog," and "bog". All three words denote a negative view of being "Somebody." She uses the words figuratively to describe the how it would feel to be "Somebody," which she obviously does not want to be. The word dreary, which is often used to describe a landscape, works figuratively, as she uses it to describe what she thinks it must be like to be in the popular crowd. She uses the word "frog" to describe the public exposure of being popular. Frogs are often seen hopping about and croaking loudly, which does not sound appealing to the reader.
By comparing onlookers to "an admiring bog," Dickinson is showing her distaste for the crowd. A bog is a wet, muddy area that is squishy and slimy. Dickinson's figurative use of this word ends the poem with little question as to how the speaker wishes to spend her life, and it is certainly not in the public eye, croaking about like a frog in a bog!